Another Award for Taylor

There really was no suspense when it came to the selection of the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, and the obvious was confirmed on Thursday with the announcement that the winner was Jason Taylor.

After what he did in back-to-back-to-back games against Chicago, Kansas City and Minnesota, Taylor pretty much had the award wrapped up.

The Dolphins went 4-0 in November, and Taylor clearly was the biggest reason. In those four games, Taylor tallied nine tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, three forced fumbles and six passes defensed.

Taylor led a defense that held opposing offenses to an average of 284.5 yards per game, recorded a total of 17 sacks and forced 11 turnovers. Both of Taylor's interceptions were returned for touchdowns, the first two via interceptions in his NFL career.

His first came in the Dolphins' 31-13 win over the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears on November 5 at Soldier Field when he picked off a Rex Grossman pass and returned it 51 yards. In that game, he also reached the 100-sack plateau for his career. His second occurred two weeks later in a 24-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, when he picked off a Brad Johnson pass, returning it 20 yards for a score. It was the seventh touchdown of his career, tying him with George Martin for the most among NFL defensive linemen who entered the NFL in 1970 or later.

Taylor, who leads the NFL with seven forced fumbles and is tied for the AFC lead with 10.5 sacks, won the Defensive Player of the Month award in his career. He also came away with the honor in both October and November of 2002.

Since this award was first instituted in 1986, only two players have won more Defensive Player of the Month Awards than Taylor -- Bruce Smith (6) and John Randle (5).

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